VetsWrite is a collaboration between fiction writer and program manager Ashley Kunsa and web designer Brad Coffield. We aim to deliver high quality, no-cost, creative writing instruction to southwestern Pennsylvania’s veterans, service members, and their families, so that these individuals can find creative ways to express themselves and tell stories that are an important part of our shared culture. Through www.vetswrite.com, as well as public readings, we hope to bring participants’ work to the community at-large—building an artistic bridge between the 1% and the society they have served.
Ashley Kunsa’s fiction has been published in or is forthcoming from The Los Angeles Review, Bayou Magazine, Blue Lyra Review, The Roanoke Review, Hot Metal Bridge, and Brilliant Flash Fiction. In 2009 she won the A Room of Her Own Orlando Prize for short fiction, and she has been named a finalist for numerous contests, including those sponsored by Narrative Magazine and the Baltimore Review. Her personal essay “How to Write Your Life in the Second-Person” won first place (tie) in the 2016 Eastern Iowa Review Experimental Essay Award and is forthcoming this summer. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from Penn State University.
Ashley has taught college writing since 2006, including numerous courses in multi-genre creative writing and fiction writing. She currently co-leads a creative writing group for student veterans and active service members at Duquesne University, the DU Dog Tags Literary Society. More information about the group can be found here. In fall 2016 Ashley will begin serving as Assistant Director of the University Writing Center at Duquesne University where she is completing her PhD on Iraq War literature. You can find her online at www.ashleykunsa.com.
Brad Coffield is the Assistant Information and Web Services Librarian at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. He has also built sites for SFU Library, the Western Pennsylvania / West Virginia Chapter of ACRL, and Ashley Kunsa. You can get in touch with him here: www.bradcoffield.com